Disney's live-action “Mulan” remake is finally coming out next month -- just not in theaters.
But it might still cost you just as much to see it.
As Covid-19 keeps moviegoers home, Disney has decided it’s waited long enough and will release its new “Mulan” movie to streaming TV.
But it won’t be cheap, and it sets a precedent for future movie releases.
After months of delays, Disney's new live action “Mulan” is coming to streaming TV on Sept. 4.
But some Disney fans were stunned to learn it will cost $30 to unlock the movie. And that’s on top of Disney Plus's monthly fee.
This is a sharp departure from the Netflix model, where once you join, everything is free, even original new content.
Even “Hamilton” is free to Disney Plus members!
But Disney could lose $100 million offering “Mulan” free to subscribers, so it’s testing the waters with a new pay-to-view model.
And $30 is still cheaper than taking the family to the theater.
But from the “Doesn't that stink file,” the chance other streaming services start following Disney's lead and charging additional fees for new content.
What if you have to pay $30 for the next Netflix series?
Or $20 for a new Hulu movie?
Your monthly streaming bill will quickly get a lot higher, and that stinks.
If the “Mulan” release is a success, expect more new blockbusters streaming in the coming months.
You'll have to decide if it’s a case of don’t waste your money.